A brilliant hotel for Göttingen’s new culture quarter

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A new culture quarter is emerging in the center of Göttingen, the German city best known for its historic university, one of Europe’s most iconic. Centered on Groner Tor, the district will incorporate Göttingen University’s Forum Wissen (Museum of Knowledge), when it opens in 2020, and this summer it will welcome Hotel Freigeist, a forward-thinking enclave of art, ideas, design, and hospitality.

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Highlights of the remarkable property, of which we’ve just received these fresh images, include the Herbarium Bar, offering herbal concoctions devised by Drinksology, a creative agency responsible for New York’s Dead Rabbit, twice named the World’s Best Bar, and inspired by Albrecht von Haller, the Swiss physicist and naturalist who founded the Göttingen Botanical Gardens. Green flavors are harvested directly from a vertical herb bed behind the bar. Freigeist will also offer Nikkei cuisine, the tantalizing Peruvian-Japanese hybrid most famous from the Nobu restaurant brand. Josper-grilled meats, sushi and sashimi, and bright, tangy flavors like spicy mango and jalapeño cilantro will animate plates at the hotel’s Restaurant and Chef’s Table.

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The building was designed from scratch by Ahrens & Grabenhorst Architekten, who vividly integrated it into the neighborhood, allowing it to play visually with the historic sandstone of the Forum Wissen. Inside, Basquiat-inspired artworks by Frank Kassner juxtapose with graffiti works by Patrik Wolters, aka BeNeR1, and colorful Moroccan cement stone tiles, bright blue glass, ash wood, and dark blue velvet. Custom furniture, 16th-century originals, and leading-edge tech finish the picture, complemented by a selection of literature from faculties of the university and scientific-thematic living rooms that promote free and creative thinking.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018